Tom is Principal Investigator on a SHARE-funded project analyzing the health care utilization patterns among a Medicaid expansion population in Wisconsin: low-income uninsured childless adults newly eligible for Medicaid under Wisconsin's BadgerCare Plus Clore Plan. This project will examine several questions including if and how service utilization changes after Medicaid enrollment; how utilization patterns may differ between enrollees coming from prior safety net coverage and those who did not have such coverage; and whether any apparent difference in utilization between those enrollees who had been chronically uninsured and those who had been episodically uninsured shows up in pent-up demand.
Tom is Director and Professor at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Professor of Public Affairs and Economics, where his research focuses on labor and health economics. Tom was a senior analyst at the Congressional Budget Office from 2005 to 2007 and was a senior economics for the President's Councel of Economic Advisers from 2002 to 2003. Before coming to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tom taught at Michigan State University, the University of Chicago, and Harvard University.